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[dis-kuh-nekt] /ˌdɪs kəˈnɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to sever or interrupt the connection of or between; detach:
They disconnected the telephone. We were disconnected.
verb (used without object)
to sever or terminate a connection, as of a telephone; hang up:
State your business and disconnect.
to withdraw into one's private world:
When social pressures become too great, she simply disconnects.
an act or instance of disconnecting, especially the suspension of telephone or cable TV service for nonpayment of service charges.
Origin of disconnect
1760-70; dis-1 + connect
Related forms
disconnecter, noun
disconnective, adjective
disconnectiveness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disconnect
  • If particular transformers start showing signs of trouble, operators can reduce their load or disconnect them.
  • disconnect the solar panel from the circuit and switch the digital multimeter to measuring resistance.
  • They'll also disconnect, then reconnect, the electrical and ammonia lines running between the pump and the station.
  • We can develop products that virtually disconnect themselves from the grid when they were off or in standby mode.
  • Overall, this system seems to me to do its utmost to disconnect the voter from the consequence of his checked ballot paper.
  • But, at the same time, it points to the fundamental disconnect in our culture.
  • disconnect from your network and voila: offline access to, of all things, news.
  • One option is to install automatic disconnect circuits, which can cut down on parasitic losses.
  • In particular, this quick electrical disconnect method precludes any thermal management plumbing to the battery.
  • The reason for this disconnect is that in a computational world, privacy is often implemented through access control.
British Dictionary definitions for disconnect


(transitive) to undo or break the connection of or between (something, such as a plug and a socket)
a lack of a connection; disconnection: a disconnect between political discourse and the public
Derived Forms
disconnecter, noun
disconnection, disconnexion, noun
disconnective, adjective
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Word Origin and History for disconnect

1770; see dis- + connect. Perhaps a back-formation from disconnection. Related: Disconnected; disconnecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for disconnect



A disagreement; an unbridgeable disparity (as from a failure of understanding): Disconnect. It means a breakdown in communication (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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disconnect in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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